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Danny Sullivan, OMS III
College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2022
Southern Utah Campus

Where is your hometown?
St. George, UT

What do you enjoy doing when not at RVU (family life, interests, and hobbies)?
Spending time with my wife, two boys, and dog; running (doing St. George Marathon this year), podcasts, backpacking; watching Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Breaking Bad, and Reno 911

What is an interesting or little known fact about you:
I had a chance to meet and have dinner with Wayne Quinton, who was the biomedical engineer who built the first prototype for a treadmill used for physical exercise in the 1950s. He also built the first cannula used for dialysis. I met him in his mid 90's and he has passed away in recent years.

How long have you been doing research?
A little under 1 year.

Where did you get your undergraduate? What was your degree?
I received my B.S. in Biology with emphasis in Biomedical Science and Chemistry Minor at Dixie State University.

What type of research are you currently doing at RVU?
I published three clinical images with a 300-word case description on Extensive Ossification of the Achilles Tendon to the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine which is scheduled to be officially published in May 2021. I am leading a scoping literature review of Extensive Ossification of the Achilles Tendon with and without fracture. This is the first literature review ever to be written on this particular condition, and we are submitting the manuscript in the coming weeks to the Journal of Clinical Medicine. I am leading a randomized trial testing a new vaginal speculum with a unique design. I have just accepted to the Foundations of Anesthesia Education and Research two-month fellowship at the University of Kentucky where I will be working along with the head of Anesthesia research being involved in a project where we will be trying to find any genetic associations with the risk of vasospasm following subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Anything else you would like to share:
Don't feel pressured to do a ton of research in the first two years of medical school. Focus on doing the best you can in your classes and boards, and the right time for research will come. Also, if you are wondering 'how do I start doing research,' just start, and ask people along the way for advice. I wouldn't have gotten ANYWHERE in research without Dr. Amanda Brooks and Jen Fisher. Finally, have high expectations for yourself. When you start a project, ask yourself when it will be published, not if it will be published.



Patrick Flannery, OMS II
College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2023
Colorado Campus

Where is your hometown?
Knoxville, TN

What do you enjoy doing when not at RVU (family life, interests, and hobbies)?
I enjoy snowboarding badly in the winter and surfing even more badly in the summer. Also hikes with my dog Grymauch.

What is an interesting or little known fact about you:
I lived in Germany for 4 years.

How long have you been doing research?
I have been doing research about 11 years.

Where did you get your undergraduate? What was your degree?
I received my B.S. in Microbiology from the Auburn University. War Eagle!

Did you do any research while in undergraduate? What was it?
I worked as an undergraduate studying the metal ion requirements of mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) in yeast.

What type of research are you currently doing at RVU?
We use a combination of computer modeling, CRISPRi/a libraries, and xenograft models to better understand the molecular mechanisms that provide chemo resistance in cancers that contain KRAS mutations. 



Austin Page, OMS III
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2022

Southern Utah Campus

Where is your hometown?
Peoria, IL

What do you enjoy doing when not at RVU (family life, interests, and hobbies)?
Outside of school, I have a beautiful wife who is also a nurse, so she keeps me grounded and always reminds me how much I still have to learn. We recently found out that we will be adding a baby girl to our family in June, so that's been the main focus of the family!

Outside of medicine, I enjoy homebrewing, skiing, and all things Chicago sports. I also have 2 pet rats and 2 guinea pigs that keep me occupied when the chaos of medical school just isn't enough.

What is an interesting or little known fact about you:
I used to play Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 semi-professionally when I was in high school. Unfortunately, I'm not that great anymore.

How long have you been doing research?
I started doing research/academic projects at RVU during my 1st year.

Where did you get your undergraduate? What was your degree?
I received my B.S. in Integrative Biology from the University of Colorado.

Did you do any research while in undergraduate? What was it?
I did some minor research projects that never came to light

What type of research are you currently doing at RVU?
The first project I started at RVU was a chapter in an ultrasound manual on fluid resuscitation and assessing volume status with ultrasound. My most recently published article was with Dr. Brooks, Dr. Towne, and 2 other students from the RVU-CO campus on epitope characterization of anti-drug antibodies. I'm currently working with Dr. Ryznar, Dr. Choudhury, and 2 other RVU-CO students on a study looking into mechanical and manual CPR on cardiac arrest patients.



RESOURCES

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine has developed several specialized educational tracks and programs to further develop the education of interested students. These range from 3.5-year-long tracks to single-semester elective courses.

Student research/scholarly activity is a vital part of health provider education. Research enhances critical thinking skills and increases medical knowledge, as well as preparing students for graduate medical education. Therefore, all students are encouraged to participate in research activities while at RVU.

During their third and fourth years of medical school, students work on clinical externships, under the guidance of preceptors. RVU students have externships available to them through Colorado and the other Mountain West states.